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A Teacher's Guide to Psych-Eds

Understanding Your Student's Psych-Ed!

A psych-ed report is multipage document filled with difficult jargon and scores, but also filled with valuable information about a student’s unique learning profile. 

A Teacher’s Guide to Psych-Eds takes the time to go through each element of the report in detail. It explains the type of information you will find in the report and how to use it to meet your student’s individual needs. 

Exerts from actual reports are used as case studies to model the process of reading the report and using the information to inform instructional practices. 

At the end of this course you will be able to strategically go through psych-ed report so you can use this valuable information to better meet the needs of your student
Psychoeducational assessments use standardized measures to assess an individual’s academic and cognitive skills. The reports serve as a way to communicate the results of the assessment and other information about the individual with the goal of providing a clearer picture of the student’s abilities. In some cases, students with be given a diagnosis base on the information collected during this process.

A psych-ed report can provide valuable information about how your student learns, why they might be struggling and the best ways you can support them. When you are armed with this information you are able to make better decision about the student’s learning as far as supporting them in the classroom, in small groups and individually. It can also help you decide whether a particular intervention matches the student’s needs.
The information found in a psych-ed report is vital for understanding a student’s unique learning profile. It allows you to make informed decisions about the best way to set this student up for success in the classroom, at school and in life

I created this course because too often psych-eds are used as a means to an end, providing a student with a diagnosis so they can receive additional support at school. Once the student has the diagnosis, they report is filed away and almost forgotten. Preservice teachers receive a crash course in psych-eds during their training and do not feel comfortable reading the document because they don’t understand the language. 

In A Teacher’s Guide to Psych-Eds, I will take you step by step through the report and talk you through case studies so you can see what I look for when I read these reports. Yes, I know that reading the report just seems like extra work, but a well written psych-ed will give you so much information. It provides you with clues for how to set a student upr for success instead of failure which will save you time in the future.
- Kathryn Garforth, PhD, Founder of Garforth Education & The Right to Read Initiative

What’s Inside “A Teacher's Guide to Psych-Eds”?

Module 1: Intro

  • Course overview
  • What are Psych Eds?
  • ​​Why are Psych-Eds done?
  • What can be done with a Psych-Ed?
  • ​​The Psych-Ed Process
  • Synopsis

Module 2: Psych-Ed Assessment Reports

  • Introduction
  • ​Walk through of report components
  • ​What is the clinician looking for?
  • ​​​​​Common Terminology
  • ​​What goes into the report?
  • ​​Synopsis

Module 3: Standardized Measures

  • Introduction
  • What are Standardized Measures?
  • Types of tests
  • ​​​​​How are tests used and scored?
  • ​​​​​​​Standard Scores
  • ​Synopsis

Module 4: Reporting Results

  • Introduction
  • Prep and Mindset
  • Test results terminology
  • ​​​Understanding each result
  • ​​What do they mean?
  • ​​Making a strength & weakness profile
  • ​​Synopsis

Module 5: Diagnosis

  • Introduction
  • Specific Learning Disorders
  • Giftedness
  • ​​​Twice Exceptional
  • ADHD
  • ​Developmental Disorder
  • ​​Synopsis

Module 6: Using the Psych-Ed

  • Introduction
  • Prep & Mindset
  • Understanding & Advocating for the Individual
  • ​​Using Findings and Recommendations in IEP
  • ​​Looking ahead
  • ​​Synopsis

What clients are saying about Dr. Kathryn Garforth and the program . . .

This course provided easily understood explanations of Psych-Ed terminology and how to translate data from reports to practical strategies to assist the student with their learning journey.

CATT – OG Practitioner Associate

This course is ideal for educators seeking more information about Psych-Eds and the IEP process. It will provide them with a solid foundation of knowledge, practical strategies to support their students, and tools to assist parents to better advocate for their child’s needs during IEP meetings.

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Garforth Education welcomes clients of all ages and with different academic needs including learning disorders, ADHD, Autism Spectrum, and low incidence special needs.

At Garforth Education, we believe that everybody has a unique learning profile with different strengths and challenges. When considering this profile to design a personalized education plan, it is possible to find a pathway to success at any age.

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